Located just to the east of Encinitas and Carlsbad, San Marcos is yet another of San Diego County’s rapidly-growing neighborhoods. The beautiful town began as a farming community and has experienced a steady population boom since the city’s incorporation in 1963. During a two-decade span from 1990-2010, the city saw an influx of over 55,000 residents! The rising population has forced the community to adapt and expand, adding various shopping centers, a number of highly-regarded schools, and delicious restaurants to compliment the city’s unparalleled parks and hiking trails.
Places to see in San Marcos
Double Peak Park – Enjoy panoramic views of North County and the ocean from the tallest coastal peak in San Diego. The 200-acre park features 5-miles of hiking and biking trails.
St. Mark Golf Club – Play 18-holes on this beautiful course wrapping through the neighborhoods of San Marcos.
Lake San Marcos – Home to the Lakehouse Hotel and Resort, Lake San Marcos offers residents and tourists alike an opportunity to relax, swim, boat, fish, and much more in a quiet waterfront setting.
Old California Restaurant Row – From mesquite-grilled steaks to hand-rolled sushi, There is something for everyone at Old California Restaurant Row with 15 fantastic options to choose from.
Popular Local Restaurants
San Marcos Real Estate Market: The median home value in San Marcos is $520,600, with a price per square foot of approximately $290. This is lower than the average price per square foot of $333 for the rest of the San Diego Metro area. The current housing market in the city is very hot with home prices rising an impressive 5.3% since last year. Action in the market is expected to cool down in the next year with a forecasted rise of just 1.8% before October of 2017.
San Marcos Rental Market: The average rent in the city of $2,375 is almost equal to the average rent of $2,380 for the rest of the San Diego Metro area.
Demographics and More
Zip Codes: 92069, 92078, 92079, 92096
Population: The population of San Marcos is 83,781 as of the last available census. The median age of city residents is 34.9 years old. 48.9% of residents are male while 51.1% of residents are female.
Climate: San Marcos is located slightly inland in North County San Diego and typically has a Mediterranean climate with average high temperatures ranging from 85 to 90 degrees and average low temperatures ranging from 45 to 68 degrees.
Alvin Dunn Elementary School
San Marcos Elementary School
La Costa Meadows Elementary School
San Elijo Middle School
Mission Hills High School
San Marcos High School
California State University – San Marcos
Crime: The overall crime rate in the city is 45% lower than the national average, and safer than approximately 50% of the cities in California. In addition, the number of crimes in the San Diego area decreased by 15% from the previous year.
2.36% African American